In This Section
School Closure - Home Learning Zone
We know that missing school isn’t easy for your children —or for you. But we also know that there are simple ways to turn unexpected time at home into exciting opportunities for children to learn, think, and grow.
We have put together some ideas and some links that we think your children will enjoy and should be able to be completed with little or no adult support. However, it is always fun to learn together!!
The LKS2 Team
We strongly recommend that you commit to a sense of routine during these closure days and enable your child to complete the learning activities given; we all benefit from routine and structure and this can be particularly beneficial during unusual and concerning times such as these. We acknowledge that many parents will be working at home and the learning activities are designed to fit in with your own busy schedules.
A day with your child may look like this:
Perhaps you could design your own schedule together each week.
Weekly Learning Activities
Learning from the world around us! Each week in our Assembly we discussed a current news story or, image or a thought-provoking question. Please continue to discuss these with your child each week and use some of the teaching resources together. Share your views on a weekly poll on Facebook!
Watch the Virtual Assembly each week and information about what is the weekly learning pack
- Picture News Week 23rd-29th March - Do you think that space travel is a good idea?
- Picture News Week 30th March - Can you think of ways to keep positive in difficult times?
Online Maths Resources:
Complete a daily maths lesson from White Rose Maths. Watch the video together. Answer the questions/complete the activities. Mark the work together using the answer guides.
TT Rockstars: Practise your times tables and mental division skills.
Numbots: Have fun with your number skills.
Hit the Button: Practise your division and number bonds facts against the clock.
Coin Cruncher: Can you make different amounts of money using this fun game on the Natwest website?
Can you teach someone in your family to roll their numbers? Can you video yourself doing it? Can you create your own rhyme?
Use your knowledge of times tables knowledge to find fact families, eg 4x3=12, 3x4=12, 12÷4=3 and 12÷3=4
- WPS Key Recall Facts Book 2
- WPS Key Recall Facts Book 3
- WPS Key Recall Facts Book 4
- Handwriting number practice
- Learn your Tables!
- Maths at home Lower Key Stage 2
Off-Screen Maths Ideas:
- Practise telling the time to the nearest five minutes.
- Practise making amounts of money using coins – how many ways can you make 50p? £1? £5?
- How many different ideas can you think of for: “If the answer is 10, what is the question?” The number could be made more challenging by including a fraction or a decimal.A different number or part of maths could be used each day.Create a poster showing everything you know about _________ (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, shape, fractions, decimals, graphs etc.). This could be pictures, diagrams, explanations, methods etc. Be as creative as you want to be! You could make a video to explain methods or what you have produced.
Online Reading Resources:
If you do not have a lot of books at home, there are lots of online resources to support reading and include a huge selection of texts:
Free online reading books through the Oxford Owls website (see link above)
- Phonics Play: Practise your phonics skills using this website.
- Storyline Online
- International Children’s Digital Library
- Open Library
- Amazon’s Free Kids eBooks
- Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books For Kids
- Mrs. P’s Magic Library
Reading questions Questions to ask your child when sharing stories or books.
Reading is such an important skill and passion to develop – sharing books together as a family is an amazing opportunity to laugh, cry and learn together! As you read, remember to check your child’s understanding by asking them questions. Can they prove their answers by showing you where it is in the text? Can they explain their ideas?
Have fun and keep active with some of our favourite websites!
It is important to write about something that interests you and allows you to be creative. Here are some ideas for you to have a go with:
- Write a recount (diary) of your day. This could be used in history one day to show what happened during this period.
- Write a character description of a member of your family. What do they look like? How do they behave? etc...
- Write a story involving members of your family. Do they have to defeat a monster? Do they have to find something they have lost? Do they travel somewhere unusual, funny or scary?
- Write a set of family rules, could they begin with ‘We always...’ rather than ‘We do not …’
- Write a letter/email/text message to a member of your family that you have not seen in a while. You could even write a postcard to your teacher or someone from school.
- Write a rap/song/poem about something you are passionate about.
- Write instructions for something you make at home – this could be cookery, crafts or even a new board game!
- Write a newspaper report about an event from your day. You could make up a new fictional dramatic event – you found a space rocket had crashlanded in your garden, your bedroom cupboard is actually a TARDIS style time machine...Make sure you interview your family members and use their quotes in your report.
When you are writing, just like we do in school, you could plan your idea, write a draft, edit and then publish it in your very best presentation. Remember to consider your punctuation and use of the grammar you have learned this year!
You could practice your handwriting by copying out your favourite bits from a book or even your funniest joke.
Also, have fun practicing each individual letter – use different types of writing resources e.g. pens, felt tips, pencils, glittery gel pens, in sand, with a finger, with a paintbrush. Then move on to your joins: choose a word, focus on a few letters to join then build it up gradually. Which are the trickiest joins? Can you write neater than everyone else in your family? You could even make neat signs for the house.
The spellings that children in Year 3 and 4 must know how to spell by the end of the year:
Also make sure you know how to spell all the Year 2 common exception words too.
And to challenge yourself try the year 5 and 6 common exception words!
Use these How to draw..... guides to practise drawing some of your favourite animals. Share them on the class twitter page @y3wps
Home Learning Project
Try some of the activities linked to the Olympics. How might you present your work? Create a book? A poster? A powerpoint? A video?
Additional Learning Resources:
- Free access to online learning platform.
- TTS have created a curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 40 home learning activities all planned and all prepared. With a combination of independent and collaborative learning activities, the home learning books provide a great opportunity for parents to learn with their children.
Non Screen Activities
Try a scavenger hunt!